Sarah Palin .... an inspired choice, a choice Mistuh Change should have made ... instead "the one" picked a retiring appeasing dinosaur. What a tired old pic. I think Palin is a genius move. Come on over PUMA's the water is just fine. (pic hat tip never forget)
She's a total mom (of five) - I love that!
It's bold, it's brash .....CHANGE indeed. I say Obama is toast.
My friend Irwin opined, "A lifetime member of the NRA, she enjoys hunting, fishing ..."
A woman with balls. That makes four on the ticket".
I love Kathry Lopez's take -three words: "hot librarian look". And they look great together.
Sarah Palin is a trailblazer and a reformer. As the first female governor of Alaska, she challenged a corrupt system and has been a tireless advocate for reform - passing a landmark bill on ethics reform. She has taken on the old politics in Alaska and reformed the state's energy industry. She rejects wasteful pork barrel spending. She's fearless - exactly the type of leader I want at my side and the type of leadership we will bring to Washington.
The conservatives love it!
The key article on Sarah Palin was written a year-and-a-half ago by Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard. It's called "The Most Popular Governor: Alaska's Sarah Palin is the GOP's Newest Star."
Her rise is a great (and rare) story of how adherence to principle--especially to transparency and accountability in government--can produce political success. And by the way, Palin is a conservative who only last month vetoed 13 percent of the state's proposed budget for capital projects. The cuts, the Anchorage Daily News said, "may be the biggest single-year line-item veto total in state history."As recently as last year, Palin (pronounced pale-in) was a political outcast. She resigned in January 2004 as head of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission after complaining to the office of Governor Frank Murkowski and to state Attorney General Gregg Renkes about ethical violations by another commissioner, Randy Ruedrich, who was also Republican state chairman.State law barred Palin from speaking."
Real Clear Politics endorsed Sarah Palin for V-P on June 4, 2008 in an article titled, "McCain Should Pick Sarah Palin for V-P"
Sarah Heath Palin is both the youngest and the first female governor in Alaska's relatively brief history as a state. She's also the most popular governor in America, with an approval rating that has bounced around 90 percent.This is due partly to her personal qualities. When she was leading her underdog Wasilla high school basketball team to the state championship in 1982, her teammates called her "Sarah Barracuda" because of her fierce competitiveness.Two years later, when she won the "Miss Wasilla" beauty pageant, she was also voted "Miss Congeniality" by the other contestants.Sarah Barracuda. Miss Congeniality. Fire and nice. A happily married mother of five who is still drop dead gorgeous. And smart to boot.But it's mostly because she's been a crackerjack governor, a strong fiscal conservative and a ferocious fighter of corruption, especially in her own party."
Sarah Palin's story? It may be the most remarkable in the history of American politics. I look at her with admiration approaching awe.
CONSERVATIVES HAIL MCCAIN VICE PRESIDENTIAL PICK
(Minneapolis, MN) - David Keene, Chairman of the American Conservative Union, has issued the following statement on Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain's pick of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. "The selection of Governor Palin is great news for conservatives, for the party and for the country. Her dedication to principle, her courage both before and after her election as Governor of Alaska and her personal qualities make her a perfect choice for Vice President. I predict any conservatives who have been lukewarm thus far in their support of the McCain candidacy will work their hearts out between now and November for the McCain - Palin ticket."
Fred Thompson loves it: Senator
Fred Thompson Praises Senator McCain’s Vice Presidential Pick (Nashville) – U.S. Senator Fred Thompson issued the following statement: "I am absolutely delighted by this selection. Once again, John McCain has shown that he is an independent thinker who paints in bold strokes. Sarah Palin is a conservative reformer with executive experience who will bring a breath of fresh air to Washington. She will be an ideal running mate for John McCain, and will make a major contribution to our country's future."
If you want to have fun, go over to a truly ecstatic web site, Adam Brickley's at Draft Palin for VP.
Meanwhile the left is vomiting. Can you say grand mal seizure? Replace Palin with Obama and you've got the case against Barack for president, not understudy, president. heh
During the 9 a.m. EDT hour of “CNN Newsroom,” “American Morning” co-anchor John Roberts gave an analysis of Governor Sarah Palin during discussion of Senator John McCain's vice presidential choice. Roberts focused on Palin's lack of experience, saying that a prerequisite for the vice presidency should be the ability to step right into the office, especially because of McCain's age. Roberts stated:
She's only been in office for a couple of years now, which really raises the experience issue here.[...]
Now, she is a manager. She is the governor of a state. She does have limited experience, though. She's also been the mayor for a city in Alaska. And for a time she was the ethics chairman of the Alaska oil and gas conservation commission. But that does not add up to broad experience, particularly the type of broad experience you think should launch you to the national level.
Of course, Senator Barack Obama, who is running for president of the United States, has no executive experience and has only been in the U.S. Senate since 2005. But apparently, Roberts finds Palin to be too inexperienced and young to be vice president.
Fausta adds, wow many days has Obama shown up at the Senate floor in his entire carreer, 176 or so?
UPDATE: I thought this was great from a Democrat for McCain:
Sarah Palin is an anomaly in American politics. It's not because she's a woman, not because of her blue-collar background, and not because of her ability to juggle the titles of "governor" and "committed mother of five". Forget about all of that stuff for a moment; it's interesting, but if Barack Obama has taught us anything, it's that a compelling biography is not a qualification for leadership. Instead, Palin is unique because she can claim one of the broadest bases of support of any leader in our country. Other than the lunatic fringes of Alaska's kleptocratic political establishment, nobody hates her. Most politicians rise to power because they represent a certain wing of their party, and even some of their own partisans detest them. Mike Huckabee will never resonate with libertarian republicans, social conservatives cannot support Rudy Giuliani, certain evangelicals will always have a problem with Mitt Romney, and frankly I doubt that hard-core conservatives will ever fully embrace John McCain. That doesn't make them bad candidates; it just means that they face significant opposition within the Republican Party. Sarah Palin does not have that problem. I have been working to draft Gov. Palin as Vice President since February of 2007, and I can recount first hand how she has united divergent views among Republicans and is now even gaining Democratic support. The key is that she offers a combination of qualities that make her a hero to many, many different groups. For instance, two of our strongest bases of support have been social conservatives and libertarian republicans, who are normally at each other's throats. However, she offered both groups something that they desperately wanted without compromising any appeal to the other. The SoCons loved her pro-life, pro-family, and pro-gun positions, while the libertarians and fiscal conservatives cheered her on as she vetoed hundreds of millions of dollars of wasteful government spending. Getting those two groups to sing kum-ba-ya was enough of an accomplishment, but now it appears that a third group has found what it wants in Gov. Palin: McCainocrats.
For those Democrats who are considering abandoning the Obama ticket (primarily disillusioned Clinton supporters), Palin represents the final push into the Republican camp. Not only is she a woman (which, like it or not, is an issue for some voters), but she also puts a fresh, future-oriented face on the McCain campaign. By upending Alaska's corrupt political class, Palin has actually produced the type of change that Barack Obama can only talk about; and her collar is far bluer than Joe Biden's ever was. Furthermore, she is arguably the only candidate who has the necessary expertise to address the single most pressing issue in this election: gas prices. As Governor of Alaska, Chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (America's largest interstate organization), and a former Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Sarah Palin can run rings around almost anyone when it comes to oil.
The last candidate to assemble such a broad coalition of support was a gentleman by the name of Ronald Wilson Reagan. He not only won the presidency in two successive landslides, but went on to become one of the most beloved and effective presidents in recent history. Now, I realize that it is somewhat presumptuous of me to make this comparison, but I personally have no doubt that Sarah Palin has the capability to become the next Reagan. In fact, the only real question that I have heard is whether we should bring her to the forefront now as a VP candidate or save her for later as a full-fledged presidential hopeful in 2012. I personally choose the former, because the latter involves the defeat of John McCain and the election of President Obama and Vice President Biden. 2008 will be a crucial election year, with the winner being handed the responsibility for the Iraq war, the gasoline crisis, the Russo-Georgian conflict, and any number of other issues. The stakes are simply too high to throw McCain under the bus and bide our time. Likewise, Sen. McCain should realize that the stakes are too high for him to select a VP candidate who simply "does no harm" rather than pushing his ticket over the top.
There is one sure fire solution to this problem, one way to guarantee a McCain surge, one way to put Obama on the defensive, and one way to steamroll to victory in November. Her name is Sarah Palin
UPDATE: From a left leaning Charlie Gibson:
She is a real maverick in Alaska politics she accused two fellow Republicans of corruption and when no one would listen she quit a prestigious post on the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Eventually the two accused were thrown out of office, enhancing her reputation in Alaskan politics to no end, and eventually leading to her being elected Governor. So she's obviously no nonsense. She's on the right side of all causes that are important to conservatives, and she actually favors more drilling for oil and gas on Alaskan property than does McCain. But will Hillary supporters vote McCain because there's a woman on his ticket? Will other voters accept the idea of a 44-year-old Vice President with so little experience?
But but they are supposed accept it in a President? I'd take an "inexperienced" person with integrity and courage over an old beltway whore any day.
A hunchback can't see his own hunch.